Environmental Biology, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
  • Tuition
    13280
    Tuition (Year)
    Free
    Tuition (Year)
  • English (take IELTS)
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The program is a research driven Masters programme, combining a broad foundation in natural sciences with state-of-the-art knowledge of biological and environmental processes. The primary focus of the programme will be on the aquatic environment with an aim to develop expertise in the understanding and analysis of simple through to complex environmental problems.
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About

The program is a research driven Masters programme, combining a broad foundation in natural sciences with state-of-the-art knowledge of biological and environmental processes. The primary focus of the programme will be on the aquatic environment with an aim to develop expertise in the understanding and analysis of simple through to complex environmental problems.

The degree will be awarded in Biology, and the environmental profile of this programme will be specified in your degree certificate.

Future and career

With a degree in Environmental biology from the University of Southern Denmark, you will gain a broad scientific education which will enable you to interpret and understand a number of interdisciplinary subjects. This makes you an interesting prospect to a variety of employers, from public institutions to private businesses - in Denmark as well as abroad.

As a biologist, job opportunities in subjects like environmental consulting, environmental processing, energy guidance or proceedings relating to land contamination are great. You can also become part of the development happening in relation to the environmental considerations which are necessary in order to provide a sustainable development of our future environment. To these development projects, biologists are crucial. Another career path you can choose is to work in administration in environmental-technical departments and consulting companies.

Accreditation

The quality and relevance of the programme are approved by the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation.

Programme Structure

The MSc programme in Environmental biology is two years in duration (120 ECTS). In the first year you will combine your required courses and electives and in the second year your time will be devoted entirely to research for the individual thesis on a topic of your choice.

All courses in this programme are taught and examined in English.

This Master's programme offers well-balanced theoretical and practical expertise obtained through lectures, field- and laboratory work, group discussions, hands-on projects and assignments. Overall, this MSc programme will prepare you for jobs in the environmental sector in governmental institutions and consulting companies.
Graduates who have completed this master programme are entitled to use the title of Master of Science (MSc) in Biology.

The degree will be awarded in Biology, and the environmental profile of this programme will be specified in your degree certificate.

A complete study environment

As a student at University of Southern Denmark, you will become part of a study environment we call Living Science. Your day will be characterised by great academic value and you can look forward to meeting your fellow students as well as researchers from a wide variety of fields. But a university programme at the Institute of Biology is much more than courses, classes and lectures. Good friends, a solid network and a living study environment are all part of creating a connection between the academic and social spheres.

From the evolution of life on Earth to climate change

Biology covers a large spectrum of subjects from molecules to ecosystems and from early life forms on Earth to climate changes on land and in the sea. As a biologist from University of Southern Denmark, you will gain a broad education which can be used in many different contexts in almost any work place; in the private business sector, research, teaching and public administration. In the Biology programme, you will work with current issues every day, which will often be close to daily life and the nature around you.

Work is primarily experimental in the laboratories on campus in Odense and at Marine Biological Research Centre in Kerteminde as well as different locales around the country and the rest of the world.

Research at the Institute of Biology

The Institute of Biology at the University of Southern Denmark focuses its research in experimental biology within four different areas. In these areas, the research is cutting edge and as a student, you get to be where that research is developed. However, teaching in the biological courses is broad and includes all the basic biological disciplines.

The research areas are:

Environmental stress

The research area of Ecotoxicology and environmetal stress includes examination of the detrimental effects of chemicals on natural organisms (for instance endocrine disruptors, heavy metals and pesticides) and the adaptation of organisms to naturally occurring stress factors (variations in oxygen levels, salinity, temperature etc.) as well as the interaction between chemicals and the natural stress factors.

Bioacoustics and behaviour

The research area of Bioacoustics and behaviour deals with the connection between animal behaviour and the function of the sensory organs and nervous system. The sound communication between animals and physiological mechanisms behind hearing and sound production are researched in particular in a range of animal groups such as mammals, birds, frogs and insects.

Ecology

In the research area of Ecology, the department examines life in the sea and fresh water. Research spans from bacteria to animals and plants and covers the anatomy, physiology and ecological role of individual organisms as well as compound and energy cycle in aquatic environments as a whole. Hereby, we gain a detailed understanding of the ecosystems function and productivity as well as its sensitivity toward manmade and natural influences. A particular focus on the ecology of microorganisms created the basis for exploration of the early evolution of life in prehistoric Earth.

NordCEE

Research at NordCEE spans a wide range of areas from microbial ecology, molecular biology, biogeochemistry, microbial physiology to geobiology. We are concerned with the role of micro-organisms in controlling the cycling of elements on the modern Earth and how this role has changed through geologic time. We work in diverse environments ranging from lakes to the oceans and in geologic formations of all ages.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

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Academic Requirements

Students with bachelor's degrees from countries in the European Union or Switzerland

  • Students with a bachelor's degree in natural sciences or other degree based on at least three years of higher education after the high school level with good grades
  • Qualifications in Biology corresponding to a bachelor's degree in Biology from a well-respected institution

Only students with the prerequisite qualifications can be accepted; it is not possible for students without a command of the Danish language to take supplementary courses to bring them up to the required level for graduate study.

Students with bachelor's degrees from countries outside Switzerland or the European Union

  • Students with a bachelor's degree (or other degree based on at least three years of higher education after the high school level) with good grades
  • Qualifications in Biology corresponding to a bachelor's degree in Biology from a well-respected institution
  • Satisfactory results from the Graduate Record Examination in Biology (see www.gre.org for further details)

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • EUR 13280 International
  • Free EU/EEA

Funding

Options for full-degree graduate students:

BHJ Scholarship

Only available for students applying for a master programme at our Sønderborg Campus

Six one-year scholarships are issued pr. year: three for studies within the technical field i.e. Mechatronics and Innovation & Business respectively, and three are for studies within the field of business administration i.e. Business Relationship Management.

A scholarship of DKK 40.000 may be granted if and when the requirements are met. It is paid in two instalments of DKK 20.000 per semester. The scholarship grant depends on acceptance and enrolment as a full-time student in one of the above mentioned programmes.

Options for Exchange and Guest Students:

Danish Government Scholarship for Foreign Nationals (the Cultural Agreements)

Danish Government Scholarships for Foreign Nationals - The scholarship helps cover living expenses.

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